February 13, 2014

Emily de Molly- Oceanic Forces [Swatch]

With all of the heart-filled Valentines Day manicures floating around right now, I thought I'd give your retinas a slight reprieve from the pink/ white/ purple!  I do have a V-day nail design I'm excited to share, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow!

Anyway, here is a polish from an Australian indie brand: Emily de Molly- Oceanic Forces.

Oceanic Forces is a saturated, deep teal jelly base containing holographic hex glitter that flashes blue-green, as well as large holographic circle glitter that also flashes blue-green.

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

If it looks like the big circle glitters are curling, they're not! It's just a phenomenon called "reflective curling"- Elevation Polish gives a good explanation about it here.

Outside, shade:

Well, suffice it to say, I really loved this one! I took about a billion photos of it, and still think it's so much prettier in person when you can see the holo glitter flashing with movement.

Up close:

Formula: The texture is almost butter, jellyish.  The base deepens considerably after two coats, and that's all I needed for opacity on most nails!  If you want a lot of the large circle glitter, you may have to fish a bit, but once in a while I did get one on the brush "naturally."  I did let the bottle sit upside down for a couple of hours prior to application, though.  I used two coats of NYC- In A New York Minute to smooth out the glitter.

Such a nice formula for a jelly/ glitter; if this is what all Emily de Mollys are like, then I need to move to Australia!


  1. This is a huge lemming of mine and your swatches just made me want it more! Absolutely, positively stunning!!

  2. Very beautiful, this is one of my favorite polishes and you captured it perfectly! <3

  3. If only I could find that jelly base without the glitter. *sigh*

  4. Every time I see swatches of this polish, I love it more. My sister threatened to steal my bottle after I painted her nails with it and I was like LOL NO.

  5. Haha! Yea, I think this one's definitely a crowd-pleaser. :)

  6. You know, I think Zoya's Frida might be close (http://www.polish-hound.com/2012/08/nail-art-syrup-nails-with-zoya-frida.html), maybe just a touch greener?

  7. Thanks! Now I have to hunt down Cosmic Forces to go with it!

  8. Thanlk You! The polish made it easy...

  9. Haha! It's totally worth lemming!

  10. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into it!

  11. Polish Hound, you do such great picture! :D